By Alex Baluku
Female Pupils at Hima Primary School in Hima Town Council of Kasese District have received a donation of reusable Sanitary Pads from the School OBs and OGs in partnership with Supper Mothers Uganda to support and keep the girl child in School during the menstruation period.
While delivering the donation, Mr. Asiimwe Kamuhanda, the Coordinator for Supper Mothers Uganda, said that the endowment was intended to reduce the number of girls who choose not to attend classes and even drop out of school because of the stigma and embarrassment they feel during their menstrual period.
“The initiative by Supper Mothers Uganda is meant to empower and facilitate quality of education for the girl child at Hima Primary School” Kamuhanda added.
The School Girl Kit is very reliable and can be used for twelve months. It can take an hour on a hot day and 2 hours on a mild day for it to dry and be reused. The sanitary pads that were distributed don’t leak, are very convenient and will go a long way in addressing the challenges faced by school girls and women in general.
The outreach was spearheaded by the OBs and OGs of Hima Primary School and appreciated by the Learning institution’s teaching staff.
Speaking to rwenzoridaily.com shortly after receiving the consignment, Grace K-Mbabazi, the senior woman teacher at the Learning institution, appreciated the brains behind the donation which she describe as a blessing to the female pupils.
The biggest number of girl child school dropouts is because of inconveniences during their menstrual cycles.” K-Mbabazi added. She also noted that absenteeism lead to poor academic performance and subsequent drop out of school.
Speaking to this reporter on behalf of her fellows, the School Head Girl, Vicky Musoki and a Primary Six Pupil thanked Supper Mothers Uganda for reaching out to help them.
Earlier in his remarks, the school Head of Sanitation Officer Mr. Bell Baluku said that the donation was a call to other stakeholders across the world to help girls that cannot afford to access the pads.
Jackson Sibasi, the School Head Teacher commended Supper Mothers Uganda for the donation saying it will keep the young Girls in School. He also raised need for more support in terms of scholastic materials.